*THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED* We may attempt to reschedule it for later in 2020.
As a prelude to a Sun Valley Film Festival screening of Our Gorongosa on Friday, the Library hosts Larissa Sousa of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for a conversation about Mozambique and the national park’s efforts around conservation and sustainable tourism.
Larissa Sousa was born near Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Although she is not from a wealthy family, through hard work she earned a scholarship to attend university in Finland and Germany. She is employed by the Gorongosa Project and led the creation of “Girls’ Club” in primary schools near the Park. Girls’ Club helps keep rural teen girls in school and out of child marriage. Clubs meet every day and the members have a chance to improve their reading and writing, learn about health and human rights, and have some fun. Larissa’s early work experience helps us see the challenges faced by post-conflict nations: she was once employed as a ‘location manager’ for a de-mining company.
Larissa will be in conversation with Matt Jordan, Director of the Sustainable Development Department, and they will be joined by the renowned Mozambican singer Mingas. They will share samples of Gorongosa coffee during their conversation.